Liverpool scouts target teen wing wizard as next Anfield hero

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Liverpool have reportedly stepped up their chase to sign teenage starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Southampton winger has been earning rave reviews for his performances in League One so far this season, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to have taken a keen interest in the player.

Director of Football strategy at Anfield, Damien Comolli, watched the player in December, whilst Liverpool scouts were again dispatched to monitor the player in the Saints' 3-1 win at Dagenham & Redbridge on Monday.

A 17-year-old product of the St Mary's academy, the player has drawn obvious comparison to England international Theo Walcott, although coaches at the south coast club believe Oxlade-Chamberlain has the potential to be even better than Arsenal's flyer.

Spurs are also thought to be interested in the player, as is Gunners chief Arsene Wenger. It is Liverpool who appear most likely to make a move however, with the Metro claiming the player is one of a number of Hodgson targets.

The former Fulham boss is thought to have a shortlist of 'five or six' players on Merseyside, and new owners NESV have pledged a sizable transfer war chest to the Liverpool boss.

However, his future at the club appears more uncertain than ever after yesterday's 3-1 defeat at Blackburn, with a growing number of Liverpool fans calling for the manager's head.

Signing Oxlade-Chamberlain could appease some though, with the player fitting the Liverpool board's wishes of signing young, attacking talent this month.

Whilst a fee is not mentioned, it's thought that the Saints would want an initial fee in the region of £8 million for their prized assets, with Liverpool having to pay additional sums of money after appearances and potential international recognition.

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